InPresence 171Paraphrenia and the Alternatives
July 2, 2020
This is the first video to showcase the new introductory and closing sequences for New Thinking Allowed.
New Thinking Allowed host Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, explains how it is often very difficult to distinguish between psychokinesis, or mind-over-matter, and precognition of future events. He exemplifies this by reference to his book, The PK Man. A dispute of these issues emerged between two prominent parapsychologists, Ed May and Stephen Braude. The issue is highlighted by recent New Thinking Allowed interviews focusing on PK — as well as a planned Live Stream “PK Party” scheduled on this channel for July 16 with Sean McNamara.
(Recorded on July 6, 2020)
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Published on July 7, 2020
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